COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events

Last days of the Lanna Grand OTOP sale at the Chiang Mai University Art Museum (Suthep and Nimmanahaeminda roads) closing Sunday, September 18. Spend 200 baht, you have a chance in the “lucky draw” to win an airline ticket. Food, drinks, cloth, decorations, and herbs will all be offered for sale.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai presents a unique opportunity to look over the shoulder of world-renowned master chefs during an informal cocktail reception and culinary extravaganza at the Cooking School on Sunday, 18 September from 6-8 p.m. Limited tickets are 1000 baht per person including tax and service. Reserve your ticket early by calling 0 5329 8181 or email: Siriluck.lertl [email protected] seasons.com

Chiang Mai Community Church will host actor/singer David M. Sanborn in his moving one-man drama entitled ‘King David - Song of the Shepherd’ on Sunday, September 25 at 4.30 p.m.. For more information contact: Karen Thomson, Operation Blessing Foundation (Thai) 0 1883-2341.

The next Dinner Meeting for Skๅl International Chiangmai and North Thailand is Thursday, September 29, at Jirung Resort, at 7 p.m. To assist the planning in this event, the Skๅl Club would appreciate your professional courtesy by please advising your attendance by email to [email protected] chedi-chiang mai.com or by fax to 0 5390 4777, (with a copy to Michael Vogt at [email protected] .com) as soon as possible.

Exhibition One month in Norway: S๘rfinnset Skole/the Nordland will have their opening on Saturday October 1, 2005 at 6 p.m. at the Land Foundation office. Contact Email: [email protected] landfoundation.org or Tel: 0 5381 1555. Duration: October 1 – November 30, 2005

Activities at Central Airport Plaza during September:

Commencing Friday, September 9-18, 2005 at the 4th Floor in Lanna Hall, Jewelry Furniture Expo 2005. Various designs of ornamental and household decorative items on display.

“Elite Model Look Thailand 2005” Contest in Chiang Mai on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at Central Airport Plaza. Applicants should be between 16-25 years of age and of a minimum height of 168 cm. All nationalities can get application forms until September 30, 2005 at Barbizon International Modeling and Personal Development School Bangkok tel 02 208 9946-9 or apply at PR Counter at Central Airport Plaza now. The winner will receive a two year contract, cash prizes and will be the Thailand model representative at the “Elite Model Look International 2005 World Competition”, in Shanghai in November this year with competitors from over 80 countries.

Next INTG meeting at the Alliance Francaise on Tuesday, October 11, 2005. Katharine McKinnon will talk about “Politics and professionalism in community development by examining intervention in the highlands of northern Thailand” (Talk and LCD presentation). More information, e-mail Convener Brian Hubbard at [email protected] fo.co.th or Tel./Fax: 0 5321 3972.

CMU Art Museum until September 28, 2005, Sculpture Art Exhibition: “Return to the Oriental Life and Spirit 4” by Watchara Prayoonkum at the Front Gallery, 1st floor, daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Upcoming: Terry Fox Run in October 2005, organized by the Four Seasons Resort with proceeds donated to the Oncological Society of Thailand under the patronage of HM The Queen. More information email: duenswang.suwaphrom @fourseasons.com

The Writers Club and Wine Bar in conjunction with the Suvannabhumi art gallery is staging a six month season (until February 2006) of contemporary Burmese art, by leading artists, some of whose work can not be shown in Burma because of its political nature. Open Sundays – Fridays, 12 – midnight, closed on Saturdays on Rachadamnoen Road, opposite La Villa Restaurant.

Don’t forget to visit Thapae Sunday Walking Street every Sunday at Thapae Gate along Rachadamnoen Road, from 5 p.m. until midnight.

Every Saturday from 5 p.m. Wualai Walking Street, the Silver Street of Chiang Mai.

Midnight Market every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in front of Kad Suan Kaew Department Store from 6-11 p.m. Kad Sum Murd Market.

Dining and Restaurants

Cozy, diverse and tasty, the perfect family lunch is served at the Amari Rincome Hotel! Enjoy an exquisite selection of International, Oriental and Regional dishes, from salads to seafood delicacies and European specials, enriched with the carving of the day, yummy pastas and tasty hot dishes. Enjoy the Daily International Lunch Buffet for only 325,— baht at La Gritta Restaurant. Reservations 0 5322 1130.

Amazing Sandwich Restaurant, since 1998 the Sandwich Specialist in Chiang Mai, has opened branch number 3 at the new Sompetch Gold Place, a few meters before you reach the Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel. All branches serve individual kinds of sandwiches, burgers, baguettes, subs, buns or cold platters with amazing quality at reasonable prices. Branches 1 and 2 are at 252/3 Prapokklao Rd. beside Thai Airways office and 20/2 Huey Kaew Rd. opposite Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel.

Buonissimo, La Trattoria del Sergio now renovated and back in full swing. Italian Restaurant, delicatessen, and wine shop. The finest array of antipasti, traditional Italian cheeses, and breads. Chiangmai Prao Rd, 500 m past Ram 2 Hospital, opposite side of the road, tel. 0 5385 3098-9 or check out www.buonissimo.co.th

Bella Italia, new Italian Venue in the middle of town. Home cooked, daily changing specials and pasta dishes starting as economical as 35 baht per portion. Open for lunch and dinner daily except Sundays. For group reservation call tel. 0 9851 7607.

Chiang Dao Nest - Rainy Season Special 10 percent discount for Rimping Supermarket cardholders on all food, drinks and accommodation from now until September 30, 2005. For more details please see http://nest.chiangdao.com

Chiangmai Kebab, opens daily at 5 p.m. – 2.30 a.m. Traditional home made Pita bread, salad and your choice of chicken or beef Kebab with the sauce you choose. They also serve Falafel and Samosas fresh daily. Parking next to DK Book Shop behind Oriflame. Tel. 0 7188 1832.

Fillmore East’s famous tender juicy USDA and Argentinean Angus Steaks and huge burgers for the kids can be enjoyed at the ‘dry again’ River Restaurant on Charoenrasd Road. For table reservations call Ron at 0 5326 2418.

Fondue House opposite Central Airport Plaza. A haven of good food to let you relax after a hectic day and enjoy fondue with the family. Try it, you won’t be sorry. For reservation 0 9423 1688 or 0 5320 1551.

La Casa’, true Italian cuisine serves over 200 dishes of home cooked specialties. La Casa is at 5 Irrigation Canal Rd. and you will receive 10 percent discount by cutting out the advertising on back page. Reservation for table or catering service at 0 5321 5802.

Rachamankha Hotel serves Afternoon Tea for you and your guest’s delight. Light cheese cakes, apple strudel with whipped cream and scone mascarpone and jam among many other different sweets. Reservation or more information, call 0 5390 4111.

Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel features a Salmon promotion during September at their Chillies Restaurant from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Salmon Steak only 350 baht net, served with boiled potato, butter spinach and grilled tomatoes butter sauce. For more information, reservation or outside catering, contact the Sales Dept. at 0 5325 1531, Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel, Chiang Mai.

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant offers a huge range of Northern Thai dishes with favorites like deep fried shitake mushrooms, spicy lemon grass salad, or a gurami fish salad. 6 to 8 km along the Kan Klong Chonprathan Road from Chiang Mai University, depending upon your navigation skills. Look for the over bridge into Baan Nai Fun 2 and look for the clubhouse building on the right. Reservation: 0 5383 8990, open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Grillstation covers the Formula 1 Season and shows every race in the season. Receive your personal race-info. Reserve your table in advance at 0 5381 8355 or 0 1883 9361, Grillstation, opposite Pornping Tower, Charoenprathed Road.

The House, Restaurant, Tapas and Wine bar has a new menu! Call The House for reservations at 0 5341 9011.

The Pub on Huay Kaew Road serves authentic Indian cuisine each Friday. Numbers are restricted, so you will need to book in advance and put down a deposit. The total cost of the meal is 375 baht and serving will be at 8 p.m. For more info call Grahame. Don’t forget the Saturday night special of 15 percent discount on all main course meals. Contact Grahame on 0 5321 1550.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan is getting ready for their party on German’s National Day on October 3, 2005. Booking recommended. Open for lunch and then dinner from 5 p.m. onwards, (daily except Tuesdays). Call Joerg or Sunisa Eisenschmidt at 0 5321 4483 or 0 7183 1202. Nobody does it better!

Movie Schedule Chiang Mai

Look at http://www.major cineplex.com/pda/show time.php and go to ‘Chiang Mai Branch’ for local show times at Central Airport Plaza.

Similar movies are shown at Kad Suan Kaew and across the street at 12 Huay Kaew Road. Check www.chiang maivista.com for those times.

Art Films at CMU. Free movies every Saturday at 6.30 p.m. in the Media Room of Arts and Design at CMU Arts Museum. September 17: ‘Ghandi’ with Ben Kingsley and on Sep 24: ‘The Last Emperor’. More information at 0 5394 4846, ext. 22.

Clubs

Chiang Mai Expats Club. Bi-weekly meetings, every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. September: 10 and 24. Meeting at Art’s Cafe, 291 Thapae Rd, at Thapae Gate at 10.30 a.m. upstairs. For more info, call Jim Cox, 0 5321 0273, leave message if no answer. Mobile: 0 1746 8510 or email at: [email protected]

LuckyDogs Club (a non-profit activity of the LuckyDogs Ltd.) has moved to new premises, only 5 km from the old place. Bigger kennels with wider running space for the necessary play and exercise. For more information get in touch with Nienke Parma, M. D. LuckyDogs, Please contact Nienke at 0 9997 8146 or email: [email protected]

Education

Co-Dependents Anonymous (Chiang Mai) group - meeting every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. Email: [email protected] or call 0 5863 9898. Al-anon (Chiang Mai) group - meeting every Saturday from 3-4 p.m. Call 0 5863 9898, Email ala [email protected]

Creative Meditation every Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. at the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre in Changpuak, Chiang Mai. More information tel 0 5321 4904 after 5 p.m. Foreigners very welcome.

Monk Chat at Wat Suan Dok every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. First hand information in English from English speaking novices and monks concerning questions you always wanted answered.

Services

32 Meter Taxis now in Chiang Mai. The correct fare is 40 baht for the first 2 km and 4 baht for each subsequent kilometer. Waiting time – 1 baht per minute. Taxi Call Center, Tel 0 5327 9291, 0 5327 1242 ext 16, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 20–40 baht charge for call-out service, depending on location. Insist on the meter being used!

English language radio program ‘Helping Hand’, broadcast daily from 7.30–9.00 pm. The program is on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information to both Thai nationals and foreigners.

T.I.T.S. - English Language Radio Station, daily from 8 a.m. – midnight. FM 106.50 MHZ to stay informed about your community. Requests and comments, phone 0 5321 8006 or e-mail: [email protected]